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FY24 Budget Testimony: Department of Energy and Environment

April 5, 2023

Children’s Law Center Policy Attorney Makenna Osborn testified before the DC Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment about the proposed budget for Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE).

She shared our support for the increased investment proposed for the Lead-Safe and Healthy Housing Division which will help DOEE to continue and expand the important work it is doing to prevent childhood lead poisoning and keep homes free from mold and lead hazards.

Makenna urged the committee to ensure the FY24 budget will adequately support DOEE’s capacity to complete lead risk assessments and provide case management for children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels, conduct mold inspections and enforce landlord compliance with mold remediation and ensure lead-safe construction and renovation practices. She also asked the Committee to fund the remaining sections of the Residential Housing Environmental Safety Amendment Act of 2020.

It’s Time for Healthier and Safer Housing for all DC Residents

When a child lives in unhealthy housing, they are more likely to end up in the ER because their poor housing conditions trigger health issues like asthma. That’s why Children’s Law Center partners with organizations across the city to advocate for healthier housing so that all DC children have the safe housing they need to live healthy lives.

Healthy Housing